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3D CAD with Autodesk 123D by Emily Gertz, Jesse Harrington Au

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Introduction to the 3D Dimension

We assume you are reading this book because you’ve arrived at a stage in your creative life where you’d like to do more with your computer. You would love to combine its power with advances in computer-aided design (CAD) and fabrication to make something awesome in three dimensions.

Many makers who are accustomed to creating by hand view CAD software suspiciously. They may worry that digital design will lack soul, or be perceived as cheating. Neither is true. A good CAD program can be just that: an aid in realizing your vision for your project.

Just like any other tool, CAD is best viewed as a step on the way to your ultimate goal. You would not build a bench with a hammer as your only tool. So why would you ...

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